Which organizations can issue official donation receipts?
Only Canadian registered charities or other qualified donees may issue official donation receipts that qualify for charitable tax credits.
Although qualified donees may issue official donation receipts, they are not required to do so. Ask if there are any circumstances where you won’t receive an official donation receipt. You can’t claim a charitable tax credit or deduction unless you have an official donation receipt.
Qualified donees include:
registered charities (search the List of charities and certain other qualified donees)
registered national arts services organizations (search the List of charities and certain other qualified donees)
registered Canadian amateur athletic associations (search the List of charities and certain other qualified donees)
registered housing corporations in Canada that provide only low-cost housing for the elderly
registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada
registered universities outside Canada which ordinarily includes students from Canada
registered foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada
If you are thinking about supporting one of these organizations and are not sure whether your donation would be eligible for a tax credit, contact the Charities Directorate.
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